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New York Law Journal: Exonerated Man Who Spent Years in Prison in NY Calls for Public Financing of Elections – March 22, 2019

New York Daily News: Jesse Jackson: New York, don’t miss the moment on public financing of elections – March 22, 2019

Press Release: 200+ Organization Campaign Urges New York to Take National Lead on Campaign Finance – March 22, 2019

State of Politics: National Advocacy Groups Push For Public Campaign Financing In NY – March 22, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Advocates and Senators Refute Assembly Democrats’ Concerns with Campaign Finance Reform – March 21, 2019

BKReader: Myrie Wants ‘Big Money Kept out of Elections,’ Pushes for Public Financing Reforms – March 21, 2019

Press Release: Statement in Response to State Budget Discussions on Fair Elections – March 21, 2019

Newsday: Compromise eyed in Albany to delay public funding of campaigns – March 20, 2019

Kings County Politics: Myrie Pushes For Publicly Financed Elections – March 20, 2019

New York Times: 9 Fund-Raisers in 1 Night: Democrats Vow Reform in N.Y., but Money Still Flows – March 20, 2019

New York Daily News: New York lawmakers open to campaign finance reforms and limiting influence of big money – March 20, 2019

Politico Pro: Legislators push for public campaign financing as it becomes a budget sticking point ($) – March 20, 2019

State of Politics: Advocates Phone Lawmakers For Public Campaign Financing – March 20, 2019

Times Union: Publicly financed elections raises questions, old and new – March 20, 2019

New York Post: State progressives want Heastie to act on campaign finance now – March 20, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Opinion: Public Financing of Elections is a Matter of Racial Justice – March 20, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: Debate at the state Capitol: Should New Yorkers fund political campaigns? – March 20, 2019

Binghamton Homepage: Citizen Action thanks Lupardo for education and health care support funding increase – March 20, 2019

Daily News: DiNapoli: New York needs public campaign financing now – March 19, 2019

Legislative Gazette: Campaign finance reformers playing hardball as budget deadline nears – March 19, 2019

City & State: Opinion: Progressives should primary Assembly Democrats – March 19, 2019

NPR: Public campaign finance measure struggling to gain ground in Albany – March 19, 2019

Observer-Dispatch: YOUR VIEWS: Fair elections are key to reform – March 19, 2019

State of Politics: Campaign Finance Reform Supporters Tout Swing District Polls – March 18, 2019

El Diario: El presupuesto estatal debe incluir financiamiento público de las elecciones – March 18, 2019

Times Union: Advocates of public financing track legislative positions – March 16, 2019

State of Politics: Advocates Want Lawmakers On The Record For Public Campaign Financing – March 15, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Launches Elected Official Accountability Effort – March 15, 2019

News Channel 2: Locals Rally for Education Funding and Campaign Finance Reform – March 15, 2019

WCNY Capitol Pressroom: Campaign finance reform – March 13, 2019 Support small-donor matching funds to amplify our voices in campaigns (Your letters) – March 13, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections for NY Applauds Senate and Assembly For Moving Fair Elections Legislation Forward – March 12, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Report: Under New Law, Small Donors Drove Public Advocate Special Election Campaigns – March 12, 2019

Times Union: Cuomo: Budget ‘has to’ include public financing of elections – March 11, 2019

Politico Pro: Cuomo reiterates his demands on tax cap, ethics and criminal justice ($) – March 11, 2019

NPR (WAMC): Blair Horner: The Democrats’ Commitment To Campaign Finance Reform Gets Tested – March 11, 2019

NPR (WAMC): Cuomo Doesn’t Expect Marijuana Legalization To Be Part Of Budget – March 11, 2019

State of Politics: Parsing Public Campaign Financing – March 11, 2019

Times Union: Commentary: Curb big donor’s impact – March 9, 2019

Newsday: Opinion: Albany has a chance to elevate the people over special interests – March 8, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections for New York Hails House Passage of Public Financing; Calls on New York To Pass ‘Fair Elections’ in Budget – March 8, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections for New York Responds to Assembly Speaker Heastie’s Comments On Public Financing In the Budget – March 8, 2019

Politico Pro: Heastie casts doubt on public financing for state elections making it into the budget ($) – March 8, 2019

State of Politics: Public Financing Supporters Political Power For Communities Of Color – March 7, 2019

amNewYork: Waiting for public campaign financing in New York – March 6, 2019

BronxNet: Fair Activists to hold Bronx Town Hall – March 6, 2019

Press Release: As Legislators Finalize One-House Budgets, National Black Leaders Call on Albany to Show Their Commitment to “Fair Elections” – March 4, 2019

ABC News Channel 9: Sen. Rachel May hosts town hall on election reform – March 2, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: Is this the year NY government rids itself of corruption and scandals? – February 28, 2019

NPR: Capitol Lobbying Heats Up As NYS Budget Deadline Nears – February 27, 2019

Rochester Business Journal: Upstate groups to march on Albany for campaign finance reform – February 27, 2019

Rochester First: Activists head to Albany to push elections reform – February 27, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Swarms Albany to Call on Legislators to Pass Public Financing of Elections – February 27, 2019

New York Post: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez targets New York’s campaign finance laws – February 27, 2019

Fox Business: Ocasio-Cortez touts $15 campaign donations amid calls for reform – February 27, 2019

State of Politics: Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Public Financing For New York – February 26, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Campaign Finance Reform May Come with Mandatory Debates for Statewide Elections – February 25, 2019

Hunts Point Express: Biaggi pushes for campaign finance reform – February 24, 2019

Crain’s New York Business: A chance to get big money out of New York politics – February 22, 2019

Fox 40: Religious and Secular Leaders Call For New York State Budget Reform – February 20, 2019

Binghamton University Pipe Dream: Speakers talk fair elections, state budget at Binghamton forum – February 20, 2019

NY State of Politics: Edie Falco-Narrated Video Compares Big Money In Politics To Godzilla – February 20, 2019

Press Release: Edie Falco Stars in “NY vs Godzilla: Taking on Big Money” – February 20, 2019

Gotham Gazette: How New York Can Become a Real Democracy: Re-Center Race as Legislative Progress Continues – February 14, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Legislators Pursue Campaign Finance Reform for District Attorneys – February 13, 2019

City & State: Sen. Salazar: To combat dark money, New York needs fair elections – February 12, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: Test Of Albany’s Commitment To Reform Looms – February 11, 2019

Capital Tonight: Environmental Groups Calls For Public Financing – February 8, 2019

Capital Tonight: Reinvent Albany Releases Ethics Analysis – February 8, 2019

State of Politics: Campaign Contribution Ceiling Goes Up – February 6, 2019

Auburn Citizen: NY campaign contribution limits increase as Cuomo seeks to lower ceiling – February 6, 2019

NBC News Channel 13 (WNYT): Ralliers push for changes to NY state immigration and education systems – February 5, 2019 Deep-pocketed donors hold sway over New York politics, and all of us suffer: Sen. Biaggi – February 4, 2019

Syracuse Post-Standard: Sen. May: Let’s get big money out of NY politics (Commentary) – February 1, 2019

The Capitol Pressroom: Fair Elections – February 1, 2019

NPR: Advocates see new hope for publicly financed election campaigns in N.Y. – January 31, 2019

Capital Tonight: Fair Elections Coalition Grows To 200 Groups – January 31, 2019

U.S. News: Small Donors Silenced by Big Money in Politics – January 29, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign to Albany: Great Start, Now Finish the Job – January 24, 2019

New York Times: Letter: Albany’s Progress on Voting: Two Cheers for Now – January 24, 2019

Capital Tonight: Elections Chair Sen. Myrie Talks Voting Bills – January 23, 2019

Capital Tonight: Cuomo Says He Won’t Back A Budget Deal Without Ethics – January 18, 2019

American Prospect: New York’s Democracy Reform Bill, and the Message It Sends – January 18, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Cuomo’s 2019 Agenda of Election, Campaign Finance and Government Ethics Reforms – January 17, 2019

Capital Tonight: Cuomo Calls For Lower Contribution Limits – January 16, 2019

New York Daily News: Fight for lower rents by fixing campaign finance: Moving to a system that prioritizes small-dollar donations will weaken the influence of the real-estate lobby – January 15, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Statement on New York State of the State Address – January 15, 2019

New York Daily News: Go the distance on civic reform: New York is taking strong steps for the first time in a generation; it must finish the job – January 14, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Statement on Election Reform Legislation – January 14, 2019

Press Release: Housing Groups Respond to Legislation to Close the LLC Loophole – January 14, 2019

Wall Street Journal: State Street: Albany Lawmakers Eye Campaign Finance Reform, but Activists Want More – January 13, 2019

News 12 Westchester: NY Democratic lawmakers seek ‘fair election’ legislation – January 9, 2019

Capital Tonight Morning Memo: Expanding Public Campaign Finance Laws – January 8, 2019

State of Politics: Here and Now – January 8, 2019

NewsChannel 34 Binghamton: Activists call for public financing of election campaigns – January 7, 2019

Fox 40: Coalition Wants Cuomo, Democrats To Make Election Reform Top Priority – January 7, 2019

New York Daily News: Groups urge Cuomo to lead nation on campaign finance reform – January 7, 2019

Buffalo News: Coalition wants ‘fair elections’ legislation to be Albany’s first priority – January 7, 2019

City & State New York: How rent regulation depends on closing the LLC loophole – January 7, 2019

Spectrum News: Proposed Election Reforms Would Impact How You Vote – January 7, 2019

Press Release: National Organizations Call on Cuomo to Lead the Nation on Fair Elections – January 7, 2019

Capital Tonight: Public Financing, Campaign Finance Changes On The Menu – January 4, 2019

Long Island Advance: Pass fair Elections early in 2019 – January 3, 2019

The American Prospect: A New Playing Field for Democracy Reform – December 24, 2018

WRVO: Lawmakers pledge voting reform in the new year – December 21, 2018

Press Release: Fair Elections for New York Campaign Applauds Momentum for Fair Elections as Governor Cuomo Lays out 2019 Agenda – December 17, 2018

Capital Tonight: Advocates Push For Early Vote On Election, Campaign Finance Reforms – December 14, 2018

The Max & Murphy Show: The Push for ‘Fair Elections for New York’ – December 5, 2018

Buffalo News: Letter: Small-donor match system would give public more say – December 5, 2018

Gotham Gazette: Agenda 2019: High Hopes for Long-Awaited Reforms – December 4, 2018

Reclaiming the Narrative, WXIR 100.9 FM: Money Out, People In: Statewide Coalition Calls On Albany to Pass Voting, Campaign Finance Reform – November 30, 2018

Albany Times-Union: Momentum for ‘Fair Elections Act’ puts pressure on Assembly – November 29, 2018

Utica Observer-Dispatch: Groups push state Senate to change election laws – November 29, 2018

NY1’s Capital Tonight: Push for a Publicly Funded Campaign Finance System – November 28, 2018

Albany Times-Union: Reform push combines Democratic interests, nonpartisan charities – November 27, 2018

New York Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: Prominent unions pushing for New York State to enact public campaign financing system – November 26, 2018

Politico’s New York Playbook: Unions push statewide public financing for campaigns – November 26, 2018

Press Release: Over 90 Organizations Call On Albany Leaders to Fix Democracy as the First Order of Business – November 26, 2018

Poughkeepsie Journal: Expand and protect voting rights: Letter – November 11, 2018



“How to Challenge Albany’s Corrupt Culture. Public financing of state elections is the best way to clean up New York’s state capital.”
New York Times Editorial Board, March 16, 2019

For years, Assembly Democrats blamed New York’s failure to create a system of public financing of elections on Senate Republicans. Now, they’re blaming … Assembly Democrats… To their credit, Democrats have passed a number of other election and campaign reforms after years of seeing them blocked by Republicans. They should get out of their own way now, and pass this one, too. Or they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.”
Albany Times Union Editorial Board, March 11, 2019

“The Senate and Assembly are preparing their budget bills. Public campaign financing should be part of them. Democrats in both chambers have wanted it in the past. Now that they can make it happen, to stop short would be nothing short of hypocrisy.”
Newsday Editorial Board, March 7, 2019

“Attempts to advantage big donors have featured prominently in the state’s scandals and convictions. That’s why public financing of elections is so necessary — and why the status quo can’t stand.”
Albany Times Union Editorial Board, February 13, 2019

“NYS Legislature has unique opportunity to fix Albany”
Syracuse Post-Standard Editorial Board, January 8, 2019

“Albany: Put New York’s Needs Before Your Own”
New York Times Editorial Board, December 20, 2018

“it is time to design and enact a fair, honest and affordable system of publicly-funded elections.”
Albany Times Union Editorial Board, November 10, 2018

“A new class of senators clobbered Independent Democratic Conference incumbents on platforms of wringing big money out of politics and will be raring to get the job done. The moment for change has arrived. Cuomo can get on board, or consider his third term a failure.”
New York Daily News Editorial Board , November 8, 2018

“The state should also consider adopting public financing of campaigns, a matching system that would take back power from well-funded special interests and make elections more competitive. Such a system has worked well, over all, for New York City.”
New York Times Editorial Board, Sept. 5, 2018

“Public financing of campaigns is probably the best solution to rid money from politics.”
Newsday Editorial Board, March 3, 2018

“They need to reduce the temptation and corruption that money has on elections following the example of New York City which is moving toward more public funding of elections and starting with the elimination of the loophole that allows some businesses to give unlimited amounts to favored candidates.”
Times Herald Record Editorial Board, November 7, 2018

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New Yorkers deserve a responsive, accountable government. Voter turnout in New York is among the lowest in the nation, due in part to antiquated procedures for registration and voting that discourage participation. And our campaign finance system favors the wealthy over everyday, working New Yorkers. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many.

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